The European Parliament today voted on a comprehensive reassessment of the EU’s approach towards nuclear energy, pushing for common safety standards of nuclear facilities across Europe and more investment into renewable energy and energy efficiency projects. No majority however has been found for any proposal.VERHOFSTADT_90.jpg

Guy Verhofstadt: “I deplore the fact that no majority has been found. Two extreme positions, those who want nothing to happen and those who want nuclear plants to close down immediately, have hindered the Parliament to have a position at all. This is really sad. How can we ever move forward in this very important issue of nuclear safety if some political groups are failing to look for a good compromise? Sticking to an extreme position is the same as moving backwards.”

Lena Ek (Centre party, Sweden), and ALDE coordinator on the energy and industry committee said “It is absolutely scandalous that the European Parliament does not have an opinion about nuclear safety. Given the information we have about the safety of some European nuclear plants and at plants in neighbouring countries, the parliamentarians who voted against this resolution bear a heavy responsibility.”

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